Poor government support hurting higher education

The declining quality of education in East Africa should not solely be blamed on universities, a seasoned academic has cautioned, writes Zephania Ubwani for The Citizen.

The executive secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), Professor Mayunga Nkunya, said there were many factors for the falling standards – one being little support from the governments. The other reason was low quality inputs from secondary schools and colleges, which have been affected by poor learning environments and shortages of teachers and teaching aids.

Speaking to reporters in Arusha, the former don of the University of Dar es Salaam admitted that the quality of education offered by many universities and other higher learning institutions in the region had declined. To address the problem, he explained, IUCEA had laid down various strategies, including entering into partnerships with the private sector to develop skills and competence-based curricula.
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